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Teachers union files grievance over pilot program

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A teachers union has filed a grievance against the Central Consolidated School District in hopes of backing out of a statewide teacher and principal evaluation pilot program. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://tiny.cc/yrxwlw) that the Central Consolidated Education Association believes the district didn’t consult with...

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NM voting begins Tuesday at county clerks’ offices

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Election Day is still four weeks away, but New Mexicans can start voting Tuesday in the general election. Voters can go to their county clerk’s office to cast a ballot in person, and clerks will begin mailing out absentee...

Solar businesses alive and well in New Mexico

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s solar manufacturing industry is alive and well despite a market glut of solar panels that forced one producer to close its doors. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Q7wmn3) that most of New...

Police: NM man arrested after fight with stop sign

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell man is behind bars after police say he got into a fight with multiple police officers — and a stop sign. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RM9XgE) that 45-year-old Raymond Garcia was arrested last week following a long scuffle...

Dad, stepmom charged in NM girl’s beating

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has died after being beaten to death. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Q9O6gG) that the girl’s father and her stepmother were charged Monday in her death. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s...

NM court-ordered community service can mean a job

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It took Alan Micheel just two weeks of installing luminarias at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center through his court-ordered community service to land a job there as a janitor. Before he was hired in January, he had been unemployed...

NMSU could name new interim president this week

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents is expected to name a new interim president. Regents are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning during a closed executive session and will then hold a special meeting where they could...

Confederate flag flown at NM fair as ‘joke’

October 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County officials say a Confederate flag was mysteriously flown at the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo in an apparent joke. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/Q93Nou) that the Confederate flag was flown...

Flawless mass launch at NM Balloon Fiesta

October 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Oct. 8, 2011 photo, the “Carousel” hot air balloon is shown at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The 41st annual event is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the country...

Jury clears Bloomfield man of 9th DWI charge

October 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Bloomfield man who had eight previous DWI convictions has been found not guilty of drunken-driving after being jailed for 10 months. Jose Valencia crashed his vehicle on an icy U.S. 550 last December. Valencia was complaining of...